The San Diego Padres used their 29th-round pick Saturday to select UE senior pitcher Kyle Lloyd in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Lloyd, the Aces’ right-handed Saturday starter, went 7-4 with a 2.59 earned run average last season.
He measured up as 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds before going as the draft’s 868th pick overall.
“I was pretty pumped,” said Lloyd, who will report Monday to the Padres’ spring training facility in Arizona and expects to sign with the organization then.
“I was following online through the MLB site where it just pops up with the pick and the name, and my computer was about to die,” he added. “I went upstairs to get my charger, and I took my phone even though it was about to die too, just in case. That’s when I got the call.”
The California native and Carmel High School product made it three straight years for UE draft selections. Cody Fick, a volunteer assistant for the Aces now, went to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011’s 23rd round. Then the Los Angeles Angels’ organization picked up former shortstop Eric Stamets in the sixth round in 2012.
In all, coach Wes Carroll has seen seven of his players selected in the draft in his six seasons.
Lloyd will likely sign for a given slot value assigned to his pick before heading off to play short-season A ball for the Eugene (Ore.) Emeralds of the Northwest League, which begin their season June 14. The Padres’ Class A affiliate Tincaps are based in Fort Wayne, Ind.